The cryptocurrency winter is not a bad thing. Anyone who understands what crypto is truly about (it\u2019s much more than lambos and fancy watches) knows that crypto is the future of money \u2013 everyday currency that can be used by anyone, anywhere. The long-running bear market has helped to weed out the get-rich-quick schemes, or most of them, and is helping the ecosystem emerge cleaner and more prepared to fulfill its purpose. The founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, gets it, and recently spoke up on the subject. In an interview with Yahoo, Ohanian explained, \u201cThis is the Crypto Winter, no doubt. But a friend of mine, Brian Armstrong \u2014 who\u2019s the CEO of Coinbase \u2014 said, \u2018This is the spring of crypto innovation.' What he means is, \u2018Yes, the prices are depressed. The speculators have fled, and that\u2019s great.\u2019 Because the people who are now building on crypto are true believers. They\u2019re actually building the infrastructure that it\u2019s going to take to really make this happen.\u201d Ohanian adds that crypto deniers are way off track when they assert that the extended slump proves that crypto is dead. He explains, \u201cSome of the smartest people I know in tech are still working on solving these problems. They\u2019re building companies that are built on blockchain. The hype is gone. The fervor is gone. But I think that\u2019s a good thing for all of us who have been in this .\u201d Ohanian also touched on crypto investments, pointing out that they should not be viewed as a means to gain instant financial wealth. He states, \u201cIt\u2019s painful. But if you were investing it in in the first place, you really should have been thinking long-term. That\u2019s just generally good advice for any kind of investing, but especially something so nascent as crypto.\u201d Crypto is here, regardless of what many mainstream and conventional financial pundits may believe. They can squawk and rant and rave as much as they want, but the wheel are already in motion and the train won\u2019t stop until it reaches the top. 2018 was actually a very good year for crypto, as a whole, because it eliminated those that weren\u2019t taking things seriously and led to a more robust industry that is better than ever.